‘Bachelor’ Juan Pablo Galavis-GLAAD Release New Apology for Anti-Gay Statements

'Bachelor' Juan Pablo Galavis-GLAAD Release New Apology for Anti-Gay Statements

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The ABC star has agreed to meet with the media watchdog's representatives and LGBT Latinos and families

“The Bachelor” star Juan Pablo Galavis issued a second apology for anti-gay statements he made on Friday after speaking with LGBT media watchdog group, GLAAD, on Saturday afternoon.

In the new statement, which differs from the one he made on Facebook on Saturday, he extends his support to gay parents, addresses GLBT youth and says he'll be meeting with GLAAD representatives and GLBT families this week.

Also read: ‘Bachelor’ Juan Pablo Galavis’ Anti-Gay Comments Intensify Spotlight on Network Culpability

Read the statement below:

“I have heard from many gay Latinos today who are hurt because of what I said and I apologize. I know gay parents and I support them and their families. They are good parents and loving families. I am a father and I know the feel of being a father, why wouldn't I want my gay friends to also be happy parents?

I also want gay and lesbian youth to know that it is fine to be who you are. Gay or straight, Black or White, Latin or American, what matters here is to respect who we are.

I look forward to meeting with gay and lesbian families as well as Monica [Trasandes] and Wilson [Cruz] from GLAAD. Gay and lesbian people, and the children they are raising, wrongfully face discrimination and I want them to know that I'm on their side.”

See video: Glenn Beck, GLAAD Find Common Ground Over Russian Anti-Gay Discrimination

Galavis has agreed to meet later this week in Los Angeles with LGBT Latinos and families including Monica Trasandes, a gay mom from Uruguay who leads GLAAD's Latino and Spanish-Language Media Program, and GLAAD's Wilson Cruz, who played TV's first gay teen on ABC's “My So-Called Life” and currently works with GLAAD to advocate for more LGBT-inclusive television programs and films.

In response, Trasandes, GLAAD's Director of Spanish-Language and Latino Media, responded to his apology:

“At a time when Latino support for gay and lesbian people and our families is growing, we look forward to continuing the conversation with Juan Pablo and working with him to help educate his fans about who gay and lesbian parents are. Study after study shows that young people raised by gay parents are as happy and healthy as other young people.”

GLAAD names several studies on its blog.

The controversy stemmed from comments Galavis made to a reporter Friday night at an ABC/Disney event during the Television Critics Association press tour. He said that he didn't support the casting of gay “Bachelor” on the ABC dating series. “I don’t think it’s a good example for kids to watch that on TV,” he said.

Also read: ABC Condemns ‘Bachelor’ Star Juan Pablo Galavis’ Anti-Gay Comments: ‘Careless, Thoughtless and Insensitive’

He would go on to say that he felt gay persons were “more pervert.” “To me the show will be too strong – too hard, to watch on TV,” he said.

ABC, “The Bachelor” executive producers and Warner Horizon Television on Saturday were quick to condemn the sweeping anti-gay comments on Saturday.

“Juan Pablo’s comments were careless, thoughtless and insensitive, and in no way reflect the views of the network, the show’s producers or studio,” they said in a statement.

  • Jed Clampett

    He is right all fagggots are sick vile child molesters.they are hated in all societies.these rotten scourge of the earth pedaphiles.The truth hurts that they are nasty sexual deviants and will never be accepted for there sick vile ways.sicko scourge of the world

    • HammerTime

      Easy boy. Think this through. The more gay men there are, the more women for us straight guys. We should encourage gay-ness. Have at it. All the gay propaganda in the world will not make me gay. If the entire male population were gay it would not make me gay, only lucky!!!!! Men who hate gays so much? Me thinks thou doest protest too much.

      • Wow

        best response everrrr

      • Noodle

        You do understand there are gay women, too, right?

        • HammerTime

          Okay, you've seen two chicks make out? You want to hate that? Two chicks going at it? Can you say Boner? Ugly chicks are a different story. No one wants to see that. we respect it, but we don't need the reel. But you're right, I want chick gay population at current levels. That’
          s cool.

    • Wow

      what are you, two?

    • Christine

      Personally I think the scourge of the world are people like you who apparently throw caution (and grammar) to the wind in order to spew out your ignorant and hateful thoughts. But hey, that's just me.

    • vabballfan

      Just look at the name – Jed Clampett – not a hillbilly, just a redneck. What a total douchebag.

      • 86 dbag forever

        People for whom “douchebag” is the go-to expression really can't claim intellectual superiority

        • vabballfan

          Douchebag is not my go-to expression. However, in this case JedClampett is a douchebag – and so are you, douchebag. Are you actually defending someone that is obviously a total bigot who is speaking out of his ass?

          • 86 dbag forever

            you're vile..your masquerade as a decent human is paper thin

            at least the other guy is up front about who he is, you miscreant creep

          • dfgroup

            Well, ya just went-to it and doubled down again!

            Are you actually clobbering someone as speaking out of his ass by speaking out of your ass (as you so elegantly put it…)

            Check out a mirror sometime!

  • iowacitydissenter

    “Study after study shows that young people raised by gay parents are as happy and healthy as other young people.” …Except for the studies that contradict that idea.

    • Jeff

      Which study are you referring to?

      • Timothy Fields

        Look at the New Study On Homosexual Parents Tops All Previous Research from the Family Research Council.

        • Clear Headed

          The Family Research Council is “distinguished” by recent comments by its “leader” that he “fears that humanity will die out” because of homosexuality. HUMANITY WILL DIE OUT? But of course, any group that uses THEIR PARTICULAR INTERPRETATION of what their god wants has to be taken as irrelevant when they offer conclusions that sound “scientific.” Worship whatever god you want to. Believe whatever you want to believe. Say it is just “faith.” BUT don't pretend that you have science to back you up when you don't.

          • Timothy Fields

            Tony Perkins said that “the human race would be extinct if [homosexuality was] normal.” Unless things have changed, it still takes two people of the opposite sex to make a child and, without children, the human race would become extinct. They also took God out of the discussion – they specifically stated that this was biology. Read, or listen to, the interview.

          • gnocchi

            Did Tony say that before or after he blew a homeless dude in a truck stop restroom?

        • srmark

          OMG, the rabidly homophobic “christian” “Family Research Council” .. such a credible source!

        • gnocchi

          Next up: The KKK weighs in on why Jews are greedy.

  • Don't get glaad, get mad

    What took GLAAD so long to get in this news stream? lol.

    They set this poor guy up so they could create another news cycle about gays. They sure were able to arrange all the “meetings” for this guy super quick.

    What's kind of ironic is GLAAD approaches everyone who disagrees with their agenda as targets to be rehabbed, but isn't the idea of rehabbing gays anathema? Seems awfully hypocritical.

    GLAAD et al. really don't get that their tactics are counter-productive and they really are their own worst enemy

    • The Master

      Your ignorance is appalling.

      • JR12

        You can always count on the self-congratulatory monikers to be a 180 of what they claim to be, “Master.”

        Your drive-by snark falls short of a ‘masterful’ intelligent analysis. The reality is you have no response other than insults and pearl-clutching (“appalling!” lol) because the original comment is actually valid and intelligent, and that scares you. You're boring.

  • LargoLagg

    Let him believe what he wants to believe. It doesn't hurt anybody or anything but the ego.

  • Digi10

    Seems awfully racist of GLAAD to exploit this guy for being Latino.

    Also, the gay community loves to reference studies and statistics without documenting sources.

  • HammerTime

    Guys. Seriously. Think. More gays, less competition. Gay men are to straight men what blind men are to those who can see. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. I would love for all males to be gay except one. Guess who? Diggity diggity diggity! Men who hate gays so much? Me thinks thou doest protest too much. Really? Does the gay guy in the Gap shirt next to you touch a nerve buddy? What did George say, “it moved.” If you're straight, really hetro, all the gay-ness will affect not one iota. if it does, I got news for you, you're not hetro!!!!

    • again?

      It was enough the first time you said it below.

  • Arnold Hennessy

    So please tell me why Juan Problo is still putting his homophobic tweets on Twitter? I'd like to know why if someone is so apologetic he is making statements like “I have nothing against lesbians. I would want them in my fantasy room. Two of them!” Or “I have nothing against GAYS. I just prefer to brown my sausage in the microwave!” Is it just me or is this not the rantings of someone who is tr ugly unapologetic? Please help me understand!

    • AK

      Thats a parody twitter NOT his real account

    • DANIEL SUAREZ

      I wish that were true. I would watch the show if that were true.

  • JacqueSean

    I'm sick and tired of selfish people! Anyone who only supports their own agenda be it gay, black, white supremacy, democrat, republican, whatever are selfish and are ruining the American way. The only grace is that none of them can stop freedom; which includes speech! Sad though that so many have to apologize because of these public lynchings by those groups!

    • srmark

      Oh yes, people should be so “FREE” to spout their ignorance, bigotry & hate, no matter the result.
      Let me guess, you're a white, male hetero “christian” .. You're sad!

      • JacqueSean

        Nope… Im none of the above but would be proud of who I am if I were! Sounds like you have some preconceived hate in your heart… Too bad for you! I'm Sephardim! As far as whether I'm sad? Yes, because of people like you who are self righteous and ignorant! Judge yourself, not me. You're the one spewing hate and put downs!

        • srmark

          Part of the freedom of speech is the ability to criticize & condemn the speech of others. It's pretty simple, really.

  • DANIEL SUAREZ

    This poor fellow was made to grab his ankles and bend over, no pun intended, to keep his job.

  • The Master

    I know this dude and he is no stranger to manlove or maybe I should say boylove.

    • gifz

      Riiight. The gays love to say anyone critical of them is in the closet. It's an oppressive bullying tactic to shut people up, with a side benefit of making it seem like their numbers are higher. Get a new bag of tricks, loser.

      • srmark

        Huh, “the gays love to say” that, NO dingbat..it's you straights who love to blame supposed closeted gays for their own bigotry & oppression. Bigot!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robkn79 Robbie Nelson

    As a gay male this going to sound strange, but if GLAAD is forcing him to apologize, I don't wanna hear it. I don't want to hear an apology from someone that is only doing it to kiss ass and save their career. Save it because I don't want to hear a fake ass apology! When someone apologizes, it should be from the heart, not because your publicist says so and you know you really aren't sorry!